REMEMBER, SUPPORT AND PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES
"There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time for peace." Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
College students, like most Americans, are not immune from the life-changing effects of war. Our nation's wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan have in recent years taken a heavy toll on many American families. College students are acutely aware of the demands and consequences of war more than most in our society. Our brave, young men and women in uniform are your brothers and sisters, high school and college buddies, your parents and, in many cases, YOU as you try to complete your education here at home in between tours of duty. If you or your family have served and sacrificed on behalf of our nation and its citizens, CollegeCatholics.com salutes you and thanks you for your courageous service! For those who continue to serve and sacrifice on America's behalf, we thank you sincerely and pray daily for your quick, safe and victorious return! For those who suffer today as a result of their brave service to America and for all those young soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for security and to keep America the land of the free and the home of the brave, we can never say thank you enough. CollegeCatholics.com offers this page in your honor and prays that America, its leaders and its citizenry will appreciate and never forget that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend!
CollegeCatholics.com wants to offer another important and personal way to help support our U.S. troops and service personnel that serve America all over the world!
“It is the soldier, not the President who gives us democracy. It is the soldier, not the Congress who takes care of us. It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us Freedom of the Press. It is the soldier, not the poet who has given us Freedom of Speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer who has given us Freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag; who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, that allows the protestor to burn the Flag.”
~ Fr. Dennis O’Brien, US Marine Corp. Chaplain
During the Summer of 2009, Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, USA made a special - and continuing - appeal to American Catholics to help staff the U.S. Armed Forces with Chaplain priests and to ensure that military Chaplains will be there for our service members in their many urgent, and often crucial, wartime needs. Archbishop Broglio writes that "the Archdiocese for the Military Services is the only provider of Chaplain priests to the 1.5 million American Catholics" who serve our nation at home and overseas, whether on Navy ships, in war zones or in VA hospitals and, moreover, that "today's military provides more vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life for the Catholic Church in America than from any other single source." The need is great for our brave warriors who face the harsh realities of life and death on a daily basis and who are particularly comforted and energized by pastoral counselling and the Sacraments of the Church. The Archdiocese of the Military Services receives no financial support from the U.S. Military or our government, has no parishes to fund it like most Archdioceses, and must rely upon the charity of Catholic donors like us as "the sole means of support for the Archdiocese." In a candid solicitation, Archbishop Broglio advises that our current Chaplain priests are "spread very thin" and that too many troops on active duty in combat zones "don't have the opportunity for weekly Mass." Some Marines haven't even seen a Catholic priest for months! So please click on the link below and support the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. Help the troops in an up-close and personal way by helping the Chaplain priests who visit them, comfort and counsel them, pray for them and bring the peace and real presence of Jesus Christ to them when they truly need it most. Please support our troops, their Chaplains and our Church with your personal donation. No amount is too small and all donations are sincerely appreciated by Archbishop Broglio, especially during this year as we continue the wars in Afghanistan and on terror and our worldwide celebration of Priests! CollegeCatholics.com salutes, thanks and prays for military Chaplains and the men and women in the Armed Forces of the United States of America who give their all to protect and defend every American at home and around the world.
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Dedicated to Our Troops! Please pray for them, especially those listed below.
This candle will burn for our service men and women until they all return home.
WE HONOR, THANK AND REMEMBER ALL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM, GOD & COUNTRY
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.